August 2, 2012 — food city, Fuel Bucks, Gas Prices, Grocery Store, power shopper, Right of Way
“Keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel.”
It’s a bittersweet moment when your teenager starts to drive. Once you get past the shock of having a child old enough to get out of the car seat and sit behind the wheel, you realize the convenience of having an independent driver. The carpool gives way to your newly independent almost-adult driving himself to soccer practice, swim meets and his first summer job.
That’s where Food City Fuel Bucks come in. Because even if he’s socking away some of his earnings from making fries or bagging groceries, he’s still looking to you to fill his tank. The rule at our house is that you buy your own gas, which cuts down on the cruising. So my son likes the idea of saving 15 cents per gallon on a single fill-up.
A lot has changed since I was a teenage driver. Cars have air conditioning, for one thing. And more than three stations on the radio – if you’re even listening to the radio, as opposed to plugging in your playlist from your iPhone.
But the best things about summer never change: the smell of fresh-cut grass, the glorious feel of chlorinated pool water on a scorching August afternoon, and the taste of summer corn and sticky-sweet watermelon.
When I drive now, it’s to get somewhere, like work, or the grocery store or the dry cleaners. When my son drives, the journey is the destination. He’s got his seatbelt on and the tunes cranked up as the hot pavement unfolds in front of him like a silky hair ribbon on a pretty girl’s ponytail.
- Wanda Johnson, Power Shopper